Second stage of labour


The second stage of labour (also called ‘the pushing stage’) starts when the cervix is fully open (10cm dilated) and ends when your baby is born. At this stage your baby is moving from your uterus into your vagina and out into the world. The second stage can last from 10 minutes to 2 hours (usually second babies are quicker than first) Contractions during this stage may be several minutes apart.

Look below to read NCT's information about the second stage of labour.

Second stage

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